Things I Love

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Well, here we are in the middle of November. Christmas is around the corner. I can see 2020 from my house (do you like what I did here?). But I must say that 2019 hasn’t been the best of years for me. Lots of changes and not the good kind, awful bosses, loss of loved ones (this one here I’ll never get over)…

But there are always, always things to be grateful for and I don’t want the year to end on a negative note. So I thought it might be cathartic to talk about the things I love.

Here is my random list.

  1. The smell of the earth after a rain shower.
  2. Being surrounded by my books.
  3. Spotting a rainbow.
  4. Working on my novel.
  5. A good cup of tea.
  6. A bingeable tv show, like The Crown.
  7. Traveling to a new country or even returning to a favorite haunt.
  8. Discovering a new author and their entire backlist.
  9. Afternoon Tea.
  10. Long walks while listening to a riveting podcast.
  11. Long weekends.
  12. A manicure for no special occasion.

Please chime in. I’d love to know what you love (besides the humans and pets in your life).

xoxo, Jane

Things I love about reading books

Persephone Books
My beloved Persephone books.

Last week I wrote about things I notice when reading books. Today, let’s talk about what we love about reading books. Here is my list, but please chime in below with your list.

  1. Getting lost in a new world.
  2. Learning a new culture or country.
  3. Becoming reacquainted with an old character in a book series.
  4. Laughing out loud at the funny parts.
  5. Getting to know the author.
  6. Beautiful covers.
  7. Sumptuous illustrations.
  8. Falling in love with a dashing hero.
  9. Grabbing inspiration from the kick-ass heroine.
  10. The happily ever after.

What do you love about reading?

xoxo, Jane

A fun little Q&A

Hi, friends. So, I was inspired by kitty marie’s reading corner to do this fun Q&A.  Thanks for humoring me!

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What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

Any Jane Austen novel.

If you had to be stranded on a desert island with one book character, who would you choose?

Anne Elliott from Jane Austen’s Persuasion because she is the nicest and is never judgmental. Plus Captain Wentworth would miss her a lot and come rescue us anyway.

Vaclav Havel
Not book-related, but I just love this quote by Vaclav Havel and it’s more true today than ever.

If you wrote a book, what would its genre be?

I do write books. I’m a romance and women’s fiction writer and working towards publication.

What is your favorite book?

Persuasion by Jane Austen. (I wrote about my love for Persuasion here.)


What is your favorite coffee flavor? (Or another type of drink, if you don’t drink coffee.)

I am a tea connoisseur and I love Fortnum’s Countess Grey best of all. It’s a softer, lovelier version of Earl Grey.

My precious copies of Persuasion and Jane Eyre.

What is your least favorite book?

I had to think about this one and it’s Catcher in the Rye. It kind of left me feeling depressed. I prefer uplifting stories.

Is there any book coming out this year that you’re looking forward to reading?

I have so many books on my TBR shelf that I don’t dare look ahead to what’s being published next week or next month. I need to give my TBR shelf a little TLC.

What completed book series would you like to see one more new volume for? 

Harry Potter. A girl can dream.

What genre do you read the most?

Romance and women’s fiction. But I read a lot of nonfiction too. Usually biographies.

Thanks, Kittie Marie, for the great questions and inspiration! This was super fun! Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments. I love getting to know my readers!! xoxo, Jane

Do you subscribe to Book Subscriptions?

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Let’s have a chat, shall we?

I toy with the idea of treating myself to a book subscription. Then I talk myself out of it.

I mean, I already have a stack of books the size of [insert your favorite mountain here] to get through as it is. Plus, I really need to declutter my bookshelves and make a few donations. Why add to the pile? But then I always revert back to my original thoughts. Books (and reading) are good for the soul and they are never a waste of money!

If I were to do a book subscription, it would be Persephone Books. They republish 20th century forgotten women authors. Persephone’s mission is my cup of tea. If I end up getting a subscription, I’ll let you know.

Do you have a book subscription? If yes, which one?

xoxo, Jane